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The Goddess (1958)

A woman adored by the people around her ultimately struggles to be happy with herself.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writer:

Paddy Chayefsky
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Stanley ... Emily Ann Faulkner
Lloyd Bridges ... Dutch Seymour
Steven Hill ... John Tower (as Steve Hill)
Betty Lou Holland Betty Lou Holland ... Mrs. Laureen Faulkner
Joan Copeland ... Alice Marie
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... George
Patty Duke ... Emily Ann Faulkner, age 8
Elizabeth Wilson ... Harding
Bert Freed ... Lester Brackman
Joanne Linville ... Joanna
Gail Haworth Gail Haworth ... Emily's Daughter
Joyce Van Patten ... Hillary
Louise Beavers ... The Cook
Gerald Petrarca Gerald Petrarca ... The Minister
Werner Klemperer ... Joe Wilsey
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Storyline

Loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, the story of a young woman destined from childhood on to be adored by millions but unhappy in her own life. Patty Duke plays Emily Ann Faulkner as a young, friendless, fatherless rural southern girl whose mother is indifferent to her. As a teenager, Emily Ann, played by Kim Stanley, remains a loner but with one small exception - boys dote on her, drawn by her beauty and her powerful aura of feminine sexuality. Emily Ann marries young but leaves her first husband when she meets young prizefighter Dutch Seymour (Lloyd Bridges). She becomes an actress and her star rises rapidly until she hits the heights of fame - and the depths of anguish. Written by alfiehitchie

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Profound and astounding

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deusa See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Emily Ann Faulkner/Rita Shawn character (played by Kim Stanley) was primarily based on Marilyn Monroe with elements of the lives of Joan Crawford and Judy Garland. See more »

Goofs

Emily claims that Stage Door, a play she appeared in during high school, was written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman; in reality it was written by Kaufman and Edna Ferber. See more »

Quotes

Emily Ann Faulkner: It's a fraud, John - isn't it. It's a fraud. You know, I can hardly get out of a taxi in New York City but what there's people crowding around me, screaming about how much they love me!
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Devastating - the most complete testament to the art of Kim Stanley
14 August 2006 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

In "Broadway: The Golden Age", Rick Mckay's wonderful documentary, Kim Stanley receives tremendous praise from all the great actors of that time as being especially influential. With the publication of her biography there seems to be a renewed interest in her life and career.

Unfortunately very little is left in the way of documentation of her talents. She came to movies after a career on Broadway and a number of live television plays. But her film career was not to be, owing to the many personal problems she suffered from, which seemingly burnt her out.

"The Goddess" was her first film and it remains the most complete testament to her talents. As such, it really is a must for anyone who appreciates the art of acting. The title role allows for a huge range, from hopeful teenager to jaded Hollywood star. Although clearly too old to play a teenager and definitely no screen beauty worthy of the title "goddess", Stanley pulls it off with the sheer force of her acting. Her portrayal of the breakdown of the actress is devastating. It's particularly disturbing in the light of the similarity of what would become her very own fate.

Paddy Chayevsky paints a bleak picture of the Hollywood Star system as he would later do with network television in "Network". Although well written, it's not an especially astute script lacking in both scope and depth. There is good support form Betty Lou Holland and Lloyd Bridges, but the only reason to seek this one out remains Kim Stanley.


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